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Sergeant Jeffrey Price

South Wales Borderers, Brecknockshire Btn, service no. 6

Died on September 30th, 1916 in Mesopotamia, aged 31

Buried at the Basra War Cemetery, Iraq

Lance Corporal David Price Williams

South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion, service no. 11199

Killed in action April 6th, 1916, aged 26

Buried at Mesnil Ridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart,

Somme, France

David was born about 1890 in Llanrug, Caernarvonshire, the son of John and Mary Williams. John worked as a slate loader at a quarry. The family were living in Llanrug in 1891, but by 1901 had moved to Llanberis. David's father continued to work in a quarry and was joined by his two elder sons as slate loaders.

In 1911 David is still in Llanberis, although now working as a driver and living with his married brother Robert and family. David enlisted in Brecon, joining the South Wales Borderers, initially as private and later as lance corporal. He served as David Price although it is not known if this was by choice or error.

The South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion fought as part of the 29th Division in 1916 and after evacuating Gallipoli in January they returned to Egypt to await their move to France in March, arriving in the area of Pont Remy. The Division remained in the Western Front for the rest of the war.

In 1901 the 17 year old Jeff has left home and is working as anironmonger’s clerk for Mr J. E. Nott and lodging at 13, BridgeStreet, Llanfaes (The Greyhound Coffee Tavern). Ten years later Jeffrey is now an ironmonger’s assistant but now boarding at Rhyd Bernard Terrace, Brecon along with his younger brother Thomas who is working as a carpenter.

Jeff enlisted in Brecon joining the Brecknockshire Battalion, South Wales Borderers. He went out to Asia arriving on July 3rd, 1915, at

Jeffrey was born in 1884 in Llanfihangel Nant Bran, near Brecon, a son to Jeffrey and

Margaret Price (nee Williams).

His father was a farmer at 226 acre Beiliau. By 1891 the family are farming at Upper Trostre,

Llanwern. There are six children at this time, the eldest 4 were all born in Llanfihangel Nant Bran between 1876 and 1884. The youngest two were born in Llanwern in 1887 and 1891, giving a good indication of when the family moved.